Lehman Catholic loses heartbreaker in OT; East, Versailles open with wins

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FORT RECOVERY — The Lehman Catholic football team opened a 21-7 halftime lead Friday night before losing 27-21 to Fort Recovery in overtime.

Lehman had taken a 7-0 lead with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter when quarterback Elliott Gilardi ran five yards for a score and Michael Denning kicked the extra point.

Lehman made it 14-0 with 5:04 to go in the half when Gilardi threw two yards to Kameron Lee for the score and Denning kicked the PAT.

Lehman took a 21-0 lead with 3:38 remaining in the half when Brandon Barhorst ran 61 yards for a score and Denning kicked the PAT.

But, Fort Recovery scored just before half and added another score in the third quarter to get within 21-13.

With just 1:34 remaining in the game, Cade Wendel threw a 35-yard TD pass to Riley Pearson and Will Homan ran for the PAT to tie the game and force overtime.

Lehman missed a 38-yard field goal on its possessions in OT, before Fort Recovery scored a TD to win the game.

Owen Smith rushed for 111 yards on 25 carries for Lehman, while Gilardi had 19 carries for 97 yards and Barhorst had 63 yards on three carries.

Gilardi completed 11 of 20 passes for 99 yards and Lee was his leading receiver, catching six passess for 59 yards.

Lehman will host Miami East Friday, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

East opens

with win

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-Milton-Union season opener has already been a terrific rivalry for years.

This season, though? The game meant more on a number of levels.

The Miami East defense kept Milton-Union out of the end zone all night, four times stopping the Bulldogs in the red zone — including forcing two turnovers inside its own 20 in the second half alone. After scoring to open the second half and break a 3-3 tie, the Vikings took one of those turnovers and turned it into a touchdown drive, putting away a 17-3 victory Friday night at Miami East High School in what could potentially be a postseason preview after the Vikings moved up to Division V and into the Bulldogs’ playoff region.

“I’ve been coaching that same defense since 1991, and it’s a ‘bend but don’t break’ philosophy,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “We made Milton-Union drive it and eliminated their big, explosive plays — which was big, because (Zac) Shields and (Robbie) Grove can both run it. It was an awesome effort out of my guys, one of the best I’ve seen.”

Jonah Bruatigam hit a 25-yard field goal to put Miami East up 3-0.

Vinvent Villella had a two-yard TD run to put Miami East up 9-3 in the third quarter

Justin Brown had an interceptions with 4:04 remaining in the game, scored on a one-yard run and Villella ran for the PAT to make it 17-3.

Miami East plays Lehman Catholic at Sidney Memorial Stadium Friday, with a 7 p.m. start.

Buccs fall

to St. Henry

ST. HENRY — Covington struggled to run the ball and four interceptions were costly in a 37-7 loss to St. Henry Friday night.

“The turnovers, they were able to turn them into points and that’s what good teams do,” said Covington coach Tyler Cates in his assessment of the game. “We didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the football and against a team like St. Henry, they’ll make you pay.”

Cade Schmelzer threw a 21-yard TD pass to Zach Parrett to get Covington within 14-7 in the second quarter, but the Buccs could not score again.

Covington will host Minster Friday in its annual “Hall of Fame” game.

Roaders struggle

in 48-0 loss

NEW BREMEN – Bradford finished its season opener on Friday with negative-21 yards as the Railroaders lost 48-0 to New Bremen.

Gavin Trevino was 2-of-6 passing for 6 yards for Bradford, completing both passes to Hunter Penkal. Adam Rostkowski led the Railroaders with 6 rushing yards on nine attempts.

Kyle Mills led Bradford’s defense with nine tackles including one tackle for a loss. Hunter Gheen had six tackles including one for a loss. Wyatt Spangler had a sack.

Bradford fell to 0-1 with the loss while New Bremen improved to 1-0. Bradford will play host to Troy Christian in the Railroaders’ home opener on Friday.

Tigers top

Celina 36-7

VERSAILLES – The Versailles football team started its season in near perfect fashion Friday night, defeating Celina 36-7.

“It was a great all-around game, I thought,” Coach Adam Miller said. “Special teams-wise, offense, defense all played well.”

The Tigers held the Bulldogs without a first down until a facemask penalty with 10:59 left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs could only muster 76 yards of total offense, most coming after the Tigers took a 36-0 lead.

The Tigers running game amassed 211 yards on 49 attempts. Noah Waymire threw for 103 yards on nine attempts.

Kurtis Rutshilling put the Tigers on the board in the first quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run. Rutshilling scored two more time in the second half. With 5:09 left in the third, he scored on a 12-yard run. He score his last touchdown as the third quarter ended on an 18-yard pass.

Noah Grisez scored the other two touchdowns for the Tigers. Both touchdowns came in the second quarter. His first touchdown was on a 9-yard reception. He put the Tigers up 20-0 late in the third with a 3-yard run. The extra point was missed and the Tigers took a 20-point lead into the locker room.

The Tigers scored on a safety after a Josh Steinbrunner punt pinned the Bulldogs back at their own 4-yard line. A first down play lost 2 yards then the next play Evan Hiestand tackled the ball carrier in the end zone for 2 more Tiger points.

The Tigers will travel to Delphos to play Jefferson on Friday night. This will be the first of two trips to Delphos as the Tigers will travel back in week four to play St. John’s.